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Emeka Okafor
Works at TED,Maker Faire Africa,Bronze Belt Foundry
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Emeka Okafor is an entrepreneur and venture catalyst who lives in New York City.He is the curator of Maker Faire Africa.He was the director for TED Global 2007 that took place in Arusha,Tanzania.Other associations include TED fellowships and the Africa Innovation Foundation.His interests include sustainable technologies in the developing world and paradigm breaking technologies in general. His blog, Timbuktu Chronicles seeks to spur dialogue in areas of entrepreneurship, technology and the scientific method as it impacts Africa. "Timbuktu is a city unsullied by the worship of idols...a refuge of scholarly and righteous folk, a haunt of saints and ascetics, and a meeting place of caravans and boats" -Al-Sa'Di
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The Nigerian military, including senior military commanders, must be investigated for participating in, sanctioning or failing to prevent the deaths of more than 8,000 people murdered, starved, suffocated, and
tortured to death, according to a comprehensive report by Amnesty International.
Based on years of research and analysis of evidence - including leaked military reports and correspondence, as well as interviews with more than 400 victims, eyewitnesses and senior members of the Nigerian security forces - the organization outlines a range of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity committed by the Nigerian military in the course of the fight against Boko Haram in the north-east of the country...
The hoped-for renaissance could not come sooner. As reinforced by the absolutely shocking Amnesty International report released today, which alleges the
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Solving the problem of Youth Unemployment
Continuing the conversation in the  MENA region (and elsewhere). Omar Kutayba Alghanim contends : Image: An instructor (L) teaches trainees at a maritime transport training centre REUTERS/Stringer What if, instead of looking for a future in jobs that alread...
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"Knowledge is Power" the Role of Maker-Type Spaces
New emerging maker-type spaces can provide an interactive arena where academic institutions , independent researchers and makers catalyze innovations. These interdisciplinary, cross-pollination   platforms typically foster a self-replicating cycle of sustai...
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My Biafran Eyes - Okey Ndibe #nigeria
Okey Ndibe in Guernica : My first glimpse into the horror and beauty that lurk uneasily in the human heart came in the late 1960s courtesy of the Biafran War . Biafra was the name assumed by the seceding southern section of Nigeria. The war was preceded—in ...
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Reawakening Kenyan manufacturing through Gearbox
Excerpted from a post by Tom Jackson in Disrupt Africa : In 1986, then Kenyan president Daniel Arap Moi launched the Nyayo Car project, an ambitious move aimed at creating a Kenyan automobile manufacturing industry. Five prototype vehicles were eventually m...
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"Why the bat flies only at night"
In podcasts,from Afrispheric , an eastern Nigeria folktale. Click here to listen
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Ojoba Women’s Collective
In Ghana: Ojoba Collective - Empowering Women with Ethical Trade from Inder Nirwan on Vimeo . Ojoba Collective is a fair trade company based in Portland, Oregon. Started in 2003, we work directly with women’s cooperatives in rural Ghana, West Africa to prod...
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Tackling the migrant crisis at its roots
Akinwumi Adesina writing in the FT : image via the FT The African migrant crisis is in the global headlines and rightfully so. It is high time people were talking about this dire problem and searching for solutions. The European Union has announced its 10 p...
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Beyond The Building
From MASS Design group: Beyond The Building from MASS Design Group on Vimeo .
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To fund or not to fund? The innovation policy conundrum
Dany Bahar in Brookings : image via the Guardian ... how do you get the entrepreneurship ball rolling in a developing country ? Clearly, limited financing is an important market failure that keeps small firms from emerging more frequently in developing coun...
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"We have an opportunity. Let us take it"-Muhammadu Buhari
From Nigeria's 2015 inaugural presidential speech : Our situation somehow reminds one of a passage in Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life, Is...
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